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#31 +techbeck

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:19

no a Christmas gift for someone you hate is a el cheapo Chinese junk android tablet with minimal processing power and minimal RAM... watch them get frustrated to heck with the laggy response, non-working UI and crappy screen touch quality (im talking the sub $100 tablets, not the higher end ones)


Dont get me started on those cheap ones. I had the "pleasure" of dealing with one of those. My mom got one free from Verizon as part of a deal/promotion on a phone. It was a piece of **** tablet. Laggy as all hell and came with Android 2.2. Only update for it was a rooted ROM with 2.3. 2.3 didnt make it much better and it has been sitting collecting dust since. And found out it was a floor model left over that was never used (supposedly and now I know why). However, the tablet came boxed with no protective film, and the power cable was wrapped like you would extra cables you want to store. Only thing new thing was the dock. Didnt even come with a manual or anything else. Oh....and it had an expandable SD storage...but was the full SD no micro/mini.

Phone is great tho....she likes that.


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:33

This is my given opinion.

The more I work my way into IT, the more I find it's full of people with extreme sets of laziness, and people who boast huge egos. When things change that force them off their butt, or when they don't get their way with huge tech companies, they cry. We saw it with Windows 95, we saw it with Windows XP, we saw it with Windows Vista, we saw it to a lesser degree with Windows 7, and now we can see it with Windows 8.



I'm glad you clearly identified this as opinion. If you were in IT with Windows 95 and 10 years ago with XP, you're not working your way in to IT. You're in it.

I think what you said is nonsense. If you said that in an interview I would end it as soon as you were finished talking. You would cost the organization a fortune in downtime and lost productivity if you honestly believe that.

Without a doubt there are lazy people in all occupations and corners of the world, IT generally is NOT one of them. Though there are lazy programmers :p

Enterprises do not migrate production environments to the latest greatest OS or even application upgrades on a whim, without planning, testing, and ROI evaluation. I find all of your post to be absurd. Seriously. If you're truly working your way through IT, you really need to take a step back from the evangelism podium and re-evaluate.

>>many egos are being shattered after the older generation finds out they're just not needed anymore, and that kids can fix their own devices after something goes wrong.<<

roflmao, stop. please. 1st Tier Help Desk does not equal IT Sector or datacenter. Sorry if that sounds holier than thou. :/

>>Now with Windows 8, you rinse, lather, and repeat.<<

You have absolutely outdone yourself this time Dot. :D

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:38

I'm glad you clearly identified this as opinion. If you were in IT with Windows 95 and 10 years ago with XP, you're not working your way in to IT. You're in it.

I think what you said is nonsense. If you said that in an interview I would end it as soon as you were finished talking. You would cost the organization a fortune in downtime and lost productivity if you honestly believe that.

Without a doubt there are lazy people in all occupations and corners of the world, IT generally is NOT one of them. Though there are lazy programmers :p

Enterprises do not migrate production environments to the latest greatest OS or even application upgrades on a whim, without planning, testing, and ROI evaluation. I find all of your post to be absurd. Seriously. If you're truly working your way through IT, you really need to take a step back from the evangelism podium and re-evaluate.

>>many egos are being shattered after the older generation finds out they're just not needed anymore, and that kids can fix their own devices after something goes wrong.<<

roflmao, stop. please. 1st Tier Help Desk does not equal IT Sector or datacenter. Sorry if that sounds holier than thou. :/

>>Now with Windows 8, you rinse, lather, and repeat.<<

You have absolutely outdone yourself this time Dot. :D


Indeed. That's part of the problem with the IT sector...someone talks sense, and they get in a huff.

Believing that people are lazy and need a kick in the pants to actually do work would lead to downtime and lost productivity?

I'm shocked by the insinuation that making people work would lead to less work getting done. Did you actually bother reading what Dot wrote and what you wrote before hitting the post button? It doesn't look like it to me.

Indeed, there are quite a few lazy people in the world in all fields. Having spent my time in the IT trenches, and engineering trenches, QA trenches, and even some time in the programming trenches I can say that my observation matches with Dot's. Typically the IT folks are the ones that moan the loudest about change, and lament having to actually do research and keep up on product changes.

They want things to remain static and not change since that gives them less work to do.


Then again I expect an insult filled reply or a 'nuh uh' your wrong, or to be ignored entirely. It's part of why I'm so effective oddly enough. People ignore me...until a point is reached when they are like 'Holy %$#$, he was right."

It's the story of my life. It's frustrating and irritating, but ultimately ends up working out just fine every single time.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:52

Your post really just makes me wonder why you are going into IT to begin with. The best IT guys I've worked with, at their core, go into the field becuase they are constantanly learning something new. You don't just get a degree to do the same things day in and day out. For those lucky enough to work at the better organizations at least 20% of your time is spent on research and learning. Sure, while there are some break/fix tech support companies that exhibit some of the symptoms you cite, the majority of the field should be insulted by your own arrogance and lack of empathy to what they do, the very traits you supposedly lament. Per the skit, I would like to hear how you would have handled any of those situations given your post history. You are that guy if you think the choice of a desktop OS has any bearing on their jobs beyond being just one piece of the puzzle.

Your readiness to throw your peers under the bus publically as lazy luddites, either here or to whatever business you are trying to worm your way into, is what is wrong with IT. People in other industries are much better at watching either other's backs. When you have such a jargon filled and wide ranging profession as technology, its even more important.

I also really love this idea that kids today are somehow more clued in to technology. You don't fix an appliance, you replace it. So what exactly makes them better at it when you're dealing with the learning curve a Rascal scooter could ascend?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:35

If I were really going to waste money on buying someone I hated a present to make their life hell, I'd get them an Apple product. :p

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:44

I really don't get how these supposed experts are confused by this operating system. I've found it to be terribly easy to use, as have both my kids aged 3 & 5

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:52

Your post really just makes me wonder why you are going into IT to begin with. The best IT guys I've worked with, at their core, go into the field becuase they are constantanly learning something new. You don't just get a degree to do the same things day in and day out. For those lucky enough to work at the better organizations at least 20% of your time is spent on research and learning. Sure, while there are some break/fix tech support companies that exhibit some of the symptoms you cite, the majority of the field should be insulted by your own arrogance and lack of empathy to what they do, the very traits you supposedly lament. Per the skit, I would like to hear how you would have handled any of those situations given your post history. You are that guy if you think the choice of a desktop OS has any bearing on their jobs beyond being just one piece of the puzzle.

Your readiness to throw your peers under the bus publically as lazy luddites, either here or to whatever business you are trying to worm your way into, is what is wrong with IT. People in other industries are much better at watching either other's backs. When you have such a jargon filled and wide ranging profession as technology, its even more important.

I also really love this idea that kids today are somehow more clued in to technology. You don't fix an appliance, you replace it. So what exactly makes them better at it when you're dealing with the learning curve a Rascal scooter could ascend?


I hope that wasn't addressed to me, and I'm assuming it's not, especially with some of the comments. That's why quoting helps BTW.

I do want to counter the more clued in comment. Actually kids these days are a lot more clued in to certain concepts in technology.

Heck they even have programming and repair classes in schools nowadays. When I was in high school the most advanced classes they taught were typing classes. Everything else I had to learn on my own with as library card and some spare time.

I really don't get how these supposed experts are confused by this operating system. I've found it to be terribly easy to use, as have both my kids aged 3 & 5


They're not experts, they just claim to be since it makes them feel important. An expert may point out things that the average person might find confusing, but they themselves shouldn't be confused by it.

They should also be willing to accept the concept that people can adapt and instead of criticizing perhaps offer useful guidance.

They don't seem to understand the concept of constructive criticism or the idea that people may like things they do not...but they do hide their dislike under the guise of wisdom.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:03

If so, Imma go start a random fight with someone on a PC store :p

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:18

Believing that people are lazy and need a kick in the pants to actually do work would lead to downtime and lost productivity?


No Shane, the ridiculous Windows 8 Evangelist club notion that the IT industry isn't jumping through hoops to immediately embrace and migrate to Windows 8 because they are too lazy to change, and the fact that he would even pretend to be this naïve as an IT professional would lead to downtime and loss of productivity if he were your employee in an Enterprise Computing Environment.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:25

They want things to remain static and not change since that gives them less work to do.


IT supports a business community, that must remain up and productive, and generally profitable and operating within budgets. Suggesting that not running out to install the latest operating system, whether it be on the desktop and in the datacenter, that is clearly not a mature product, will incur significant retraining effort, and without thorough testing with in house applications and workflow, is just nonsensical and I can't actually take you as a serious IT professional.

Way back in the days of Netscape, I was in ClubIE, I know the evangelism game. But you guys are being ridiculous.

Can you actually take anyone seriously that professes to understand the responsibility of IT professionals and then says; Windows 8 is lather, rinse, repeat? After suggesting IT professionals are lazy and just don't want to change for not running out to deploy Windows 8 in the enterprise?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:27

No Shane, the ridiculous Windows 8 Evangelist club notion that the IT industry isn't jumping through hoops to immediately embrace and migrate to Windows 8 because they are too lazy to change, and the fact that he would even pretend to be this naïve as an IT professional would lead to downtime and loss of productivity if he were your employee in an Enterprise Computing Environment.


I find it amusing you put me in that club...but where have I said they should jump through hoops to immediately embrace and migrate their particular ECE?

I will state however, that it is part of IT's job to continually evaluate new environments in order to determine suitability for roll-out. This includes becoming familiar with the OS long before a roll-out would happen in order to provide proper support if such a roll-out will occur.

This includes both client and server versions. Education is ongoing in IT. It is lazy to simply exclude an environment in your learning simply because you don't like it. You're not paid to like something, you're paid to support it.

IT supports a business community, that must remain up and productive, and generally profitable and operating within budgets. Suggesting that not running out to install the latest operating system, whether it be on the desktop and in the datacenter, that is clearly not a mature product, will incur significant retraining effort, and without thorough testing with in house applications and workflow, is just nonsensical and I can't actually take you as a serious IT professional.

Way back in the days of Netscape, I was in ClubIE, I know the evangelism game. But you guys are being ridiculous.

Can you actually take anyone seriously that professes to understand the responsibility of IT professionals and then says; Windows 8 is lather, rinse, repeat? After suggesting IT professionals are lazy and just don't want to change for not running out to deploy Windows 8 in the enterprise?


Ok again you are saying that I'm saying something that I'm not.

Until you decide to actually read what I write...

You know what...nevermind...that will never happen.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:01

This article smacks of being written by someone that desperately wanted to write something bad about Windows 8, read a few things on other sites and decided to write it up as their own.
Terrible terrible writing.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:52

that it is part of IT's job to continually evaluate new environments


Keyword being evaluate. That takes time. And you must accept that upon evaluation, many will find Windows 8 is not for them. There is no IT department whose primary platform is Microsoft Server Technologies and complimentary solutions that is not evaluating Windows 8.

Ok again you are saying that I'm saying something that I'm not.


I wouldn't do that to you Shane, our exchange here began with you defending and supporting what I feel was a ridiculous post about IT and IT professionals that aren't just jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon. I'm sure I just attached your defense of that position to those statements and responded to them as a whole. Putting words in your mouth was not my intent.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:59

This article smacks of being written by someone that desperately wanted to write something bad about Windows 8, read a few things on other sites and decided to write it up as their own.
Terrible terrible writing.


What do you expect? Most online "journalists" learned their writing skills from junk tabloids and have an average IQ not much higher than a pile of poo.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 13:04

This is my given opinion.

The more I work my way into IT, the more I find it's full of people with extreme sets of laziness, and people who boast huge egos. When things change that force them off their butt, or when they don't get their way with huge tech companies, they cry. We saw it with Windows 95, we saw it with Windows XP, we saw it with Windows Vista, we saw it to a lesser degree with Windows 7, and now we can see it with Windows 8. The changes introduced in those versions force them to learn something new, which may or may not break old habits, but when they do, look out, because you'll hear about it! Especially, if they create a scenario where you have to take an additional extra step. I used to have a professor who swore by ancient techniques, and it was almost sad to watch him complain and complain after Vista was launched when a lot of his ways were removed for good. After Vista, I know many nerds wanted "Windows XP Second Edition", and were furious to never get it. They really wanted all those changes in Vista to revert back and go away, and ****ed and moaned when they didn't, because it forced them to learn something new, and then support it, as others learned it as well. Now with Windows 8, you rinse, lather, and repeat. The OP's article is nothing more than the author plugging his hears, and shouting out loud at the arrival of Windows 8, trying to ignore its existence.

And nowadays that kids are growing up with technology around them, and with devices becoming simpler ("dumbed down" as people put it), many egos are being shattered after the older generation finds out they're just not needed anymore, and that kids can fix their own devices after something goes wrong. Again, once this happens, you're gonna hear about it. There are many days where I have sat and watched the people around me solve their own computer problems, and it leaves me impressed. Sure, I still get called upon to answer a few questions, but generally, people are on their own with their tech, and I know some people this bothers, because they have that ego in front of them - the "holier than thou" attitude that turns many off from IT in the first place... Remember that old SNL skit "Nick Burns: Your Company's Computer Guy"? Remember the ego he had? Yeah, it's kinda like that...

Anyway, just my two cents as to what's going on with the IT sector today.


I'm 27 so that's a stereotype you fail on. A fair few of the other people that volunteer in the centre I work in are under 30 as well, and pretty much nobody I talk to likes Windows 8.